KRAMER JUNCTION — Authorities said a 64-year-old San Bernardino woman died following a rollover crash on Highway 395 early Tuesday.
The crash occurred at 9:46 a.m. on Highway 395 about 10 miles south of Kramer Junction. California Highway Patrol Officer Matt Hunt said the woman sustained major injuries after she was ejected from her vehicle.
The woman was headed north on Highway 395 in a 1997 white Mercury Mountaineer at a “high rate of speed,” Hunt said, when she moved into the southbound lane to pass two tractor-trailers. Another tractor-trailer in the southbound lane began to pull over onto the right shoulder to avoid the woman, who instead swerved back into the northbound lane.
Hunt said the woman then lost control of the Mountaineer and the vehicle overturned several times onto the dirt portion of the right shoulder before coming to rest on its wheels facing south. The woman was not wearing her seatbelt and was ejected.
Several passing motorists stopped to assist the woman and found she had no pulse, authorities said. Hunt said they initiated life-saving measures until first responders could arrive and transport the woman to Victor Valley Global Medical Center. However, the woman was pronounced dead at 11:50 a.m.
The woman’s identity is being withheld pending positive identification and notification of her family.
The crash blocked a portion of Highway 395 in both directions as authorities investigated. All lanes were opened approximately an hour later, Hunt said.
The crash remains under investigation by the Victorville CHP office.
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